29 Jan

SDP Crisis: Donald Duke Hails Appeal Court Judgment, Says It Is ‘Interpretation Of Law’

SDP Crisis: Donald Duke Hails Appeal Court Judgment, Says It Is ‘Interpretation Of Law’

“What happened at the lower court could be described as a political judgement. What happened at the Appeal Court was the interpretation of the law,” Duke said.

 

Mr Duke’s comments come amid the lingering crisis over who flies the party’s flag during next month’s presidential election.

 

Duke had emerged the SDP’s presidential candidate after polling 812 votes to beat his closest rival and former Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana, who polled 611, during the party’s primary which held on October 6, 2018.

 

Dissatisfied with the outcome, Gana approached an Abuja High Court in November to disqualify Duke as the party’s presidential candidate. Consequently, he got respite on December 14 when the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court declared him the winner of the party’s presidential primary.

 

Duke, however, appealed the ruling.

 

On Thursday, the Appeal Court ruled in his favour by overturning the ruling of the FCT court that disqualified him as the party’s presidential candidate.

 

 

 

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